Freestyle Digital Media has acquired North American rights to Elsewhere, a dramedy starring Rectify alum Aden Young. The digital distribution unit of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios will release the film from writer-director Hernan Jimenez About Us day-and-date in select theaters and VOD on January 24.
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Here’s the logline: Still mourning the death of his wife Kathleen Munroe, Bruno Young is hopelessly attached to the seaside cottage they built together. When he's evicted by his soulless in-laws, Bruno vows to get it back at any price. Desperate to escape the gracious but neurotic hosting of his parents Beau Bridges, Jacki Weaver, and with the aid of his enabling best friend Ken Jeong Bruno sets a risky plan in motion to recover his home. But posing as a handyman for the cottage's intriguing new tenant Parker Posey turns his life – and his intentions – upside down.
Elsewhere is produced by Chris Cole About Us and J. Todd Harris The Kids Are All Right, with Shawn Williamson The Good Doctor serving as executive producer. The distribution deal was negotiated by Chris Charalambous, Head of Acquisitions at Freestyle Digital Media, and Benjamin Rubinfeld on behalf of the filmmakers.
Random Media has secured rights to Ernesto’s Manifesto, a comedy from writer-director David M. Matthews The Soul Man. The film opens today in select theaters and will make its VOD/home video bow January 14.
The pic centers on Ernesto Fernando Hidalgo, a sweet, simple and gentle man who is doing the best he can to get by in current-day Los Angeles. A series of bad breaks, however, causes him to lose his job, his girlfriend and his home, which places him in a very precarious situation. Then, just when all seems hopeless, he finds employment, which leads to housing, an important friendship and, unexpectedly, a new and improved career trajectory. In his new position, Ernesto finds love, financial independence and a bright and promising future - a happy ending beyond his wildest expectations, and manifestations.
Matthews, Nereida Dellan and Julie Crank Di Cataldo produced Ernesto’s Manifesto. The deal was negotiated by Eric Doctorow on behalf of Random Media and by Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
There are isolated moments of grandeur within “Dispatches From Elsewhere,” an eccentric new anthology series from creator and star Jason Segel. What feels like a wake-up call for anyone who’s been binge-watching TV too long yes, hello, it is I, your diligent TV critic, the hourlong AMC drama begs its viewers to stop watching life and live it by stacking the screen with peculiar wonders. A hidden 3D city is unveiled from a specific rooftop viewpoint; dolphins are trained to communicate with human divers; a wandering Bigfoot carries his own ID card name: Professor Foot, and, perhaps most charming of all, Richard E. Grant serves as a not untrustworthy narrator for and character within the increasingly quirky narrative.
Yet covering all this delightful tomfoolery is a sense of sincerity and superiority that make it feel like the show is daring you to laugh at it before bothering to earn your respect. “Dispatches From Elsewhere” has a few moments of genuine insight, mostly found through Simone, played by newcomer Eve Lindley, but a patronizing tone and grating execution limit the show’s impact. Like a scavenger hunt you can’t take part in, the 10-episode series is easy to appreciate from the outside without actually drawing you in.
As an ensemble drama trying its damnedest to weigh each cast member equally, the first four episodes tell one character’s story through their own point of view, but the premiere does itself little favors by starting with a very common onscreen protagonist. Straight white man Peter played by Segel is lonely, bored, and fully aware of both. He apologizes to his therapist — who he only sees because she’s included on his medical plan — for not “bringing more to the table.” Yes, Peter is so boring, he apologizes to his therapist for boring her, but the problem isn’t that Peter is boring to watch — Segel, who’s exaggerated delivery is still formulated for sitcoms, is still an easily identifiable sad-sack, even a decade removed from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”
The problem is our narrator, Octavio Coleman, Esq. Grant, promised he wouldn’t waste our time with the “unnecessary filmmaker convention” of introducing our protagonist by listing “his occupation, the particularities of his life, and, most importantly, the obstacles that stand in the way of his happiness.” Of course, Coleman also admitted he lied once during his introduction, so maybe that was it. Peter isn’t a hard man to understand because he’s not designed to be, and yet these meta promises expose the show as being a little too simple itself. The audience doesn’t need to be told why they might identify with Peter, as Coleman does by saying, “Peter is you if you [fill in the blank]” — wake up to your iPhone, or work a...
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